Child abuse guidance is ‘too long’

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Government guidelines on dealing with child abuse and neglect are too long and unlikely to be affective, senior social workers have claimed.

The draft guidelines were produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), a independent advisory body within the Department of Health, following a project launched in 2014.

Both the Department of Health and the Department for Education have endorsed the guidelines and want them to made mandatory for all professionals working with vulnerable children from Septmember this year.

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) represents the heads of child protection departments at councils around the country. They say the guidelines, in their current form, are simply too wordy to be practical, at 581 pages  with supplementary annexes.  In addition, despite its length the guidance lacks nuance insists the ADCS, and does not properly consider environmental influences.

“Some of the behavioural indicators of neglect seem overly simplistic and leave little room for the consideration of factors outside of the parent/carer’s immediate control, for example poor-quality housing, insecure employment and benefit sanctions.”

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Andrew - May 4, 2017 at 8:35am

Are these guidelines online in some format allowing a word count?

When that great Report into the Iraq War was published (you know, the one which is now gathering the dust) I found that it was longer than the Bible, the Complete Works of Shakespeare, and War and Peace put together. This is not as bad that but who is going to consult a tome like that, online or in print?

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